Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Sweet Sketch Wednesday: QKR Stampede

Sooooo, it's Wednesday, which means another challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday . . .

This week we are sponsored by the bods over at QKR Stampede:

 Do you have a sense of humor? Are you looking for a cute stamp? Then, we are the company for you! QKR Stampede is the somewhat cute somewhat quirky rubber and digital stamp company. We Showcase the artwork of Ken Herrod, who had a unique, somewhat quirky style with lots of humor and character. You are sure to get a chuckle out of our stamps! We have been offering our unique stamps and supplies to the craft industry for over 15 years. At QKR Stampede our images are available as unmounted, natural red rubber stamps OR as digital stamps! If QKR Stampede Stamps aren't exactly what you are looking for, Don't miss out on the sister companies: Eureka Stamps, Biblical Impressions Rubber Stamps, or the newest addition; Alluring Impressions

And we have an amazing (and I think quite easy) sketch for you this week:

I've stuck with the anniversary/love theme this week for my card, and this one is also going to my Auntie and Uncle, but not from me - I kindly donated this one to my mother.

I just love the rag dolls, which I coloured using promarkers.  I also coloured sections of the background heart.

I used a red blank and found some holographic black and red card, which I also used.  The main backing paper is from my stash.  I think it is actually from a Christmas paper pad, but suits this card too.  Finally, the ribbon and heart embellishment are from my stash too.  You will probably notice that I have used these hearts before, but I love them.

Can't wait to see everyone's creations this week.

Happy Crafting!


How To: Make a Bobble Head Card

Soooo, today I thought I would bring you a cardmaking tutorial, as I haven't done so for a while:

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 29 April 2013

Maxi Dress

Soooo, today I want to share with you a post on my 'personal blog' Teapots & Tantrums.  This is where I write about my attempts to be a domestic goddess.  In fairness, it will probably never happen, but a girl can try.

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I made myself a pretty maxi dress, and although I was just going to keep this as a personal thing, I am now making one for my little sister too, and my auntie has asked me to make her one, so I thought I would share it with you too.

The post can be found here.

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 27 April 2013

Etsy Shop

Soooo, my Etsy shop is now up and running


There's not much in it at the moment, but I will be remedying that very soon.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Sweet Sketch Wednesday: Bugaboo

Sooo, it's Wednesday, which means time for another challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

I've lost my cardmaking mojo recently, hence the lack of cards for challenges, but I have managed to find inspiration for this week's card:

This week we are sponsored by Bugaboo stamps:

Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Bugaboo Stamps: As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was two years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing! From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects. Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week!
If your taste runs to rubber (and you know who you are), you can find Bugaboo Stamps stamps at Totally Stampalicious. And finally, join the Bugaboo Stamps DT for weekly challenges at Catch the Bug.

And our sketch is this interesting one:

I coloured my image using distress inks and my backing paper is from a paper pack in my stash. 

The panel across the centre is yellow organza ribbon and there are two satin ribbons along the bottom.

Finally, I added tiny foam hearts to the corners of my image.

This card is going to my auntie and uncle who celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary this week.  As they are on holiday to celebrate, I am very excited to be going to dog-sit for their three black Labradors tomorrow in the gorgeous North Yorkshire Countryside.

Maybe the rest will bring my cardmaking mojo back?

Happy Crafting!


Time For A Shower

Soooo, today I want to share with you a project I actually finished before I went on holiday, but this is the first chance I have had to share it.

This is the shower cap I made following instructions from issue 45 of Sew Magazine:

I made this using some left over Thai silk (the rest went to make pyjamas for my nieces and I will be blogging about these on my Teapots and Tantrums blog, as I class it as dressmaking and therefore domestic goddessness).

I also used a cheapy shower curtain to provide the waterproof (which was actually a tip from the magazine) and some black bias binding.

I found this actually quite easy to make, if a little more time-consuming than I thought (I think altogether it took me three hours).  A lot of tacking is involved, and having now constructed it I can see why.  I missed it out when sewing on the elastic, and I really wish I hadn't now, as it ended up being quite difficult, and I ended up making the elastic a little bit too small for my head - it fits, but does pinch a bit.  Not to worry, I have enough fabric and binding to make another one, and I have  a big head anyway, so it should fit a normal-head-size person.

The only other problem I had was that I struggled to cut a decent circle, so the binding didn't manage to quite 'bind' everything,.  You can't really tell though (I don't think).

Anyway, I am thinking of adding this to the range in my Folksy shop, so I will be making some more up in other colours.  I'm sure the more I make the faster I will get and the better at cutting out circles.

Happy Crafting!


Monday, 22 April 2013

Bippety Boppety Boo

Soooo, today I would like to share with you an added extra to the order I got for In The Pink.
The bride emailed me two weeks before the wedding to ask if I could do some extra, as she now had another bridesmaid, who is about two years old.  We had discussed this possibility, but I did expect a bit more notice.  Anyway, as she is my friend, I said yes.
She had already decided that rather than flowers, if this little girl was to be bridesmaid, then she would have a wand like my nieces had a my wedding, and she had already seen the basis of the wand – a heart wand from Hobbycraft. 
So, off I toddled to Hobbycraft in Guiseley on Saturday afternoon, thinking it would only take me half an hour to get there, get what I wanted and get home.  Oh, how wrong I was . . .  I forget what a nightmare our local area is on a weekend, especially when the weather is as horrible as it was that weekend – it took me 20 minutes to do an otherwise 5 minute journey to get there.  Admittedly, I was in and out of Hobbycraft within the space of ten minutes (after my initial panic at not being able to find anything as they had rearranged).  However, getting out of Hobbycraft car park took me over half and hour and a full bag of mini eggs, which I had just bought in Hobbycraft for my snack that afternoon.  Arrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  Worst still, I was parked right by the bleeding entrance so should have been able to get out straight away!  After waiting what seemed like forever in the smallest queue that was moving nowhere, I did consider the possibility of just having a nap, I was that bored, but decided against this.  Probably wouldn’t have looked very good? 
We finally started moving when the two cars in front of me (one of whom I had let out in an act of extreme generosity, or so I thought – she didn’t really give me much choice) started arguing.  Apparently, the car in front of me had hit the car in front of her.  I’ve not quite figured out how this happened as we were moving nowhere!  Anyway, the woman that had been ‘hit’ decided to get out of her car in the pouring, very cold, rain and start shouting at the woman driving the other car, who seemed to be refusing to get out of her car – wise move – hypothermia could have set in if you spent long enough in the rain – so the other woman just stood there shouting at her for a while.  All the time, I was just thinking ‘come on people, some of us want to get home and you are just holding this up’.  I would just point out that by this time, the gridlock in the car park had eased and traffic was at least moving, or rather, other traffic was – we weren’t. 
Anyway, eventually, she seemed to give up and go get back in her car.  Big sigh of relief from me, and the guy who was trying to get out of the little side road they were blocking I noticed.  But no, she got back out of her car with pen and paper and starting writing down details.  Seriously, I would have just left it – even if her car was hit at 0 miles an hour, what damage could have been done?  All that she achieved was raising the blood pressure and stress levels of the people stuck behind them, really just wanting to get home.
She finally got back in her car deciding that she had caused enough disruption for the day, and I was on my way home.  It took me five minutes from there.  I was unimpressed, as this had eaten into my spending some time with Phil while he was on his break – I only really see him for an hour on a Saturday, and that is only if I am at home when he gets his break.  Anyway, I was in such a bad mood when I got home I decided to leave the wand to be made up for another day . . .
Anyway, enough of my ranting, here is the finished product:

The wand already had the ivory beads and the stars.  I attached the pink crystals to the wirework and then added feathers and clear crystals around the bottom of the heart.  To finish, I added pink and silver ribbon to match the bride’s bouquet.
I hope she likes it.
Sorry for the rant.
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Beautiful Butterflies

Soooo, I seem to be on a sewing roll at the moment.  I think The Great British Sewing Bee is inspiring me - so much so that while I was watching Tuesday night's episode, I sat on my living room floor and cut out the fabric for a new skirt.  I've not sewn it up yet, as I have been busy making this instead:

This was also inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee.  After watching the contestants make the cutest little girls' dresses, I decided I had to make one for a grown-up.  I have had this fabric for a while, and I was going to make a maxi skirt from it, but decided to make a dress instead after realising if I made a skirt I didn't actually have a top to wear with it.  I also love maxi dresses when summer hits, as I hate my legs and think they should be covered up, but I get fed up of wearing jeans.

Anyway, I found this dress pretty simple to make.  I didn't us a pattern as I already had a basic idea of how to make the dress after making my friend, Debby, as top last year using similar techniques.  That top can be found on my other blog, Fairy Elephants.

So, using a similar idea I made a tube, hemming the top and bottom.  I then shirred 26 lines at the top of the dress - many more than the ones on the dresses on The Great British Sewing Bee.  Unfortunately, this meant having to re-spool the shirring elastic four times, but I think it was worth it.  

I then tried on the dress and added some ribbon ties to the top.  These will simply tie in a bow at the shoulders.  I also realised that the dress was waaaaay too long, even if I put heels on.  So, I took the hem up some more and tried it on again - still too long, so I took the hem up again.  This time it fit.

I love this dress and can't wait for the weather to improve so I can wear the dress.  I put the dress up on my personal facebook page, just to show my friends my lovely new dress, and, unexpectedly, someone has already asked if I can make them one.  So, this could be a new range for me.

I have also seen this fabric with yellow butterflies on, so I may treat myself on payday and finally make the skirt.  This 'pattern' can also be made into a top, so I may get enough fabric to make myself a summer top too.  Obviously, I would not wear top and skirt together, but will go hunting for a nice black vest top to wear with the skirt and the top will look nice with some jeans or linen trousers.

Right, MotoGP calls now.

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 20 April 2013

Shop Update

Sooo, evening all . . . just a quick post to let you know that I have been updating my Folksy shop and now features some of my bouquets available to order.  

Please spread the word about my shop.

Thank you.

Happy Crafting!


Friday, 19 April 2013

Review: Simply Homemade - Issue 29

Soooo, I promise, this is the last review of this week - I am finally caught up!

I think this issue of Simply Homemade hits the shops today.  This month's issue comes with a free paper pack with coordinating fabrics, which look really pretty.  I can't see them being much use for anything other than patchwork,  but I did have the idea that I will do some sewing with my eldest niece and we could make some clothes for her Barbies.  The pieces should be about the right size for that.  I do like the little coin purse they have made with some of the fabric in the magazine though, so that is also an idea for them.

Other ideas to make with the freebies are cards and buttons.
I like the items in For The Record, which include a notebook and bowls, and I think it is a really ingenious idea, but, as my friend, Debby, pointed out, she couldn't bear to cut up or misshape a record - she feels the same way about records as I do about books.
Other projects this issue include:
  • baby bunting
  • stitched Tilda doll with matching patchwork quilt
  • felted bag
  • crocheted headband
  • folk art-inspired home wares, including a lamp and storage boxes
  • strawberry shortcakes (using shop-bought biscuits, but I think it is perfectly easy to make your own)
  • wall art
  • Tilda teaspoon ladies
  • crocheted bag
  • monochrome projects, included a felt bag, pencil case, t-shirt and cushion

Giveaways this issue include:
  • Oak House Studio goody bags
  • Sew Easy flash drives
  • Bead CafĂ© sets
  • Book set
  • Button bag kits
  • Gutermann sets
  • Birdcage carry cases
  • Berisfords set
  • book, Crochet One Skein Wonders
  • 3D dinosaur cookie cutter sets
  • Vilene and Pony sets
  • Stampin' Up! Dapper Dad set
  • Art & Craft Academy DVD sets

I must admit, I am not feeling very inspired by this issue, but I'm looking forward to text month's issue, which comes with a free recipe book kit and is out on 16th May.
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

In The Pink

Sooooo, today, as promised in my Golden Invitations post, I would like to share with you the bouquets I made recently for my friend's wedding.
Her bridesmaid is wearing fuchsia pink, so we decided to go with this theme.  We had originally discussed using white roses and pink feathers to add colour, but after mulling it over for a while, and realising that hot pink feathers were going to prove somewhat problematic, my friend decided that she would like her bouquet to stand out from her ivory dress and chose to go with pink flowers and white feathers instead.
The ideas for these bouquets etc. were based around the bouquets I made for my own wedding (please see my previous post Brilliant Bouquets), but as she was on more of a budget than me, we pared down the added extras a little.  This meant that the bouquets ended up being smaller than mine, but as my friend is tiny anyway, I don't think that it really matters too much.
Here is her bouquet:

This was made with 11 pink foam roses, 4 pink crystals, some clear crystals and some white feathers.   The stem was wrapped with pink ribbon and then overlaid with silver ribbon.  I curled the ends of the silver ribbon to add something a little bit different.
I also made a smaller version for her bridesmaid, who is 7, so nothing too big was required:

This was made with 6 pink foam roses, 4 crystals and 5 white feathers.  Again, the stem was wrapped with pink ribbon and overlaid with silver.
I made three of these buttonholes:

These were made with white roses (pink probably being a bit too much for the blokes), with two pink crystals added and wrapped in pink ribbon.
Finally, I took a rose from the bridal bouquet (hence why it only has 11 and not 12 roses) and made a double buttonhole for the groom:

I also added some pink and a clear crystal, together with a white feather to this, wrapping it all in pink ribbon.
I hope she likes them.  At the time of writing this, I haven't yet delivered them, but I am happy with the results,  My favourite has to be the double buttonhole for the groom.
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Sweet Sketch Wednesday: Digistamp Boutique

Soooo, it's Wednesday, which means time for another Sketch challenge over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday, and this week we are sponsored by the lovely Sally-Ann over at Digistamp Boutique:

All images/designs are created and copyright owned by Sally-Ann Hancock. My work means the world to me - it allows my passion to draw and create, to fit with my family life too - often the inspiration for my designs. Hope you enjoy as much as I enjoy creating.

So, here is this week's sketch:

And my card:

I made this using the Snoozing Louie image, which I coloured with distress and memento inks.  

This card is made a bit with Father's Day in mind, which is June in the UK, but I also have my dad's birthday before that, so probably with that in the back of my mind too.

I used papers from my Wellington paper pack and ribbon from my stash.  The little paper button is from a Boofle paper pack.

Happy Crafting!


Review: Cardmaking & Papercraft - Issue (May)

Soooo, I think this one hits the shops today, and it is the ‘new look’ magazine.  I’m not sure I like the new look, as I liked the old look, but I know I will get used to it.  I don’t dislike it, I just liked the old style.
This month’s issue comes with a lovely Teresa Collins paper stack, with matching chipboard toppers.  These are very decadent looking with lovely colours and patterns.  They strike me as a bit 1920s, combined with an Asian influence.  Anyway, I love them and can’t wait to get using them.  I have a stack of cards that I need to make for SSW and a couple of orders, so I hope I can use these papers on a couple of them. 
Anyway, was usual, the first project in the magazine is some ideas to use your freebies.  There are the usual cards, but I really like the sweet basket, which is actually made from a plastic milk bottle!  I couldn’t tell this until I read the instructions, and the effect is great.  I might make up a few of these to use to package gifts.  With a bit of cellophane and a ribbon they would make great gift holders.
Carolyne Knott’s Petals & Posies project has some beautiful CAS cards.  Using kraft card (which I need to stock up on) and white embossing powder, she has created some stunning floral cards.  I like these so much that I may have to steal the idea to make some cards myself.  I am sorely tempted to buy the stamps she uses too.  These are simple, but beautiful cards, and I am guessing the idea would work with images other than flowers.  Hmmmm . . . guess what I might be doing this week once I dig some craft card out of my stash.
Confetti Collection has some great looking acetate cards, which are entirely see through but full of confetti, with a stitched edge.  There are birthday cards, wedding cards and valentines-inspired cards.  I would love to try these.  I do have some acetate in my stash, but I think it will not be thick enough for these cards.
Upcycle with scrap paper has some lovely designs featuring dresses made from brown paper, newspaper and old music sheets.  I love the look of the music sheet dress, but music sheets are like books to me – I could never bear to cut one up.
Other projects this issue include:
  • 10 ideas with buttons – I like the wedding dress and butterfly cards
  • A recipe box and recipe cards
  • 3 ideas with paper piecing
  • Quick makes has some wonderfully bright cards for girls and boys and they are now in a cut-out and keep format.  Not that I will be doing this – I like to keep my magazines in tact
  • 5 ideas for best in show – village fete inspired cards
  • Birdhouse clock
  • Butterfly bliss has five cards for under £5
  • Framed projects from Leoni Pujol
  • 1 sketch, 3 ways
  • 6 ways with coloured ink
  • May Day bouquet
  • 10 minute makes has tea-time inspire decoupage cards

Giveaways this issue include:
  • £1,000 worth of Hunkydory goodies
  • Faye Whittaker sets (subscribers only)
  • Papermania craft totes (subscribers only)
  • Letraset Promarker and Flexmarker sets
  • Art & Craft Academy DVDs
  • Gatsby Chic goodies from Craftime!
  • Sizzix Big Shot Starter Kit (with new dies – I want those dies)
  • Woodware goodies

There are some lovely ideas in this issue which I would like to have a go at, and I am already looking forward to the next issue, which is out on 16th May.
Happy Crafting!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Review: Sew - Issue 47 (May 2013)

Sooooo, this issue hot the shops on Friday and comes with a free 'fabric stack' and ideas book.  The fabric stack is actually one piece of fabric with three different prints on it, which is a little disappointing, but I'm sure I can find a use for it.

Anyway, on to that magazine . . .

This is supposed to be the Weddings & Special Occasions issue, so has loads of wedding-themed projects, as well as some summer wardrobe ideas (if some ever makes an appearance).

I really like the tunic dress, and the pattern is available as a free download.  The exposed zip is a bit of a godsend, having argued with an invisible zip just recently - I think I have it mastered, or something near mastered, but a normal zip will be so much easier.  I like the contrasting trim idea and the coordinating belt.  There is also a coordinating tunic top (all in a bit of a nautical-style), with alternative pattern ideas.

I love the fascinators, which look pretty simple to make and are easily adaptable to match any outfit.  Both feature lovely net detailing in two very different ways.  My favourite is the gorgeous veil created  in one of them.  I could be tempted to attempt one of these for a wedding I have next month, but I'm not sure that I am more of a hat person . . .

Following on from this is a feature in millinery, which was very interesting to read, as it is something I am developing quite an interest in.

I also really like the luxe bolster cushion, which would look great in a vintage-themed room - I'm slowly working on my house for this.  Anyway, should I find myself with enough spare pennies to get some nice luxury fabrics, I may just have a go at this.  The dug-egg tones they have used in the magazine are so pretty.

Other projects and features include:
  • Dressmaking SOS has advice on understanding patterns and how to use them;
  • an embroidered cut work collar;
  • denim slippers; 
  • an interview with The Great British Sew Bee judge, May Martin;
  • stitched wedding table decorations, including a wedding cake table centrepiece;
  • favour bags;
  • fabric bouquet;
  • chair sashes in the style of Japanese Geisha obi belts;
  • a little wedding hanging plaque;
  • quilted bed runner;
  • hanging baby cot storage;
  • Mr & Mrs cushions
  • stacking boxes;
  • Business Bite! has info and advice on textile designing;
  • felt flamingos;
  • chiffon scarf.

There are a few tutorials this time, including:
  • How to create a dart;
  • How to add rhinestones;
  • Create a glitzy headband;
  • Slip stitch.
There is also a great offer within this magazine - 10% off at Plush Addict, who do some of the most amazing fabrics.

Giveaways include:
  • bridal stitching package from CK Media;
  • Lotil & Sewing Online goody bag;
  • tickets to The Chilterns Craft Show;
  • Expression 4.2 quilting machine.
Next month's issue is out on 10th May and it looks like it is going to have some fab Father's Day ideas.

Happy Crafting!


Friday, 12 April 2013

Why Yes . . . I Am A Goddess . . .

Sooooo, as it is Friday night and I am at home all alone (hubby is working), I thought I would work on some cards, but first I thought I would do a bit of blogging . . .

First up, I would like to share with you the card I made for my little sis, Gilly, for her birthday, although she is not so little now - she's 25!!!  Scary bananas!  Makes me feel really old, so probably makes our other sister feel even older mwahahahahaha. 

Now, I know a few of you who read my blog know Gilly, so will agree that this card is perfect for her - she is a Goddess and don't let any of you forget it . . . 

I love that this card is so perfect for Gilly and that it evoked spring when we have had to pretty rubbish weather recently, so brought a little brightness to my craft room for a while.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

I used a The Paper Shelter image, as I am very much falling in love with these images.  I had already decided on the Goddess theme, so just needed to find an image to match, and I though this one did the job perfectly.  

She has been coloured in using distress and memento inks, with promarkers for the skin, and made to look as much like my sister as possible.  I then used by new ink duster brushes from Inkylicious to add a halo of blue.

I then die cut the image into a circle and die cut a scalloped circle to go behind.

The papers are all from a paper pack from my stash.  I think they might have come with the new issue of Papercrafter, but don't quote me on that.

To finish, I printed the Goddess sentiment and edged it with blue.  I also found a 'Birthday Wishes' to stick on and coloured a peel off 'Sister' pink.  Finally, I added a butterfly and some flowers from my stash.

Anyway, Gilly seemed to like it and everyone, naturally, agreed with the sentiment.  I don't think they dare disagree - my sister is trained to use a gun!

I might have some more for you later, but first I have to work on my Sweet Sketch Wednesday DT cards.

Happy Crafting!


Review: Papercrafter - Issue 60 (Issue 1)

Soooo, sorry this is so late, and sorry it didn't post this morning - my internet connection is having a paddy at the moment and works only when it feels like it.
So this is the new, revamped version of Let's Make Cards, now known a Papercrafter, which means that it has more than just cards in it, so is now more comparable to another magazine I get, Cardmaking & Papercraft.  It still comes with the cardmaking kit, which you always got with LMC, but you also get extra papers now.
I'm impressed with the extra projects, particularly the Paper Wreath.  It is not  something I would normally have up around the home, but they would be great for parties or adapted for Christmas, as would the giant rosettes in Colourful Celebration.
I have drawn inspiration from the scrapbook/journalling layout in Special Day Keepsake.  Maybe now that I have this I will make a start on my wedding album.  I really should get round to it - we've been married over three months now, but I am just so busy I haven't found the time to make a start on it yet.
Three Looks With Humble Newspaper has gorgeous paper lantern, which again would be a good project to try with the kids, although you do need a die cutter for the one in the magazine.  However, the design could be easily adapted for other shapes.
Craft School has a pretty heart garland - perfect for the upcoming wedding season or just to decorate the house or a room for a party.  Also, no messy glue is required for this.
I love the Music-Inspired cards, including an amazing Origami card.  These are just so elegant and I would say pretty, but they could be very easily adapted for a boy/man by a slight change of colour.
Other projects this issue include:
  • Windmills - a great project for the kids
  • Birdcages
  • Cake Toppers
  • Photobooth Disguises
  • Votive Lanterns
  • Birdhouses
  • Cupcake Wrappers
  • Gift Bags
  • Gift Boxes
  • and not forgetting of course, loads of cards

They still have the giveaways too, which this issue are:
  • a craft tote
  • Sharpie pen sets
  • digikits from DaisyTrail
  • ImagineDIY goody bags
  • Mandarin Card Craft sets
  • ribbons from Berisfords

I think I will hold off on judgement on this magazine for now.  Before it was changed to Papercrafter, I was considering cancelling my subscription, as originally I bought it for the kits to build my crafting stash.  I much prefer it now, but as I have already said, it is now very much like Cardmaking & Papercraft.  I think I will only want to continue buying one of these, as they are so similar, so now it is the battle between the two.  I'll let you know my decision.
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Golden Invitations

Soooo, nooo, this is not a new version of Willy Wonka's golden tickets, so we will not be going to the chocolate factory (much to my disappointment).  Instead, I would like to share with you the invitations I made for a friend's upcoming wedding:

These were actually quite simple to do, as she had bought the blanks.  So, when I got them they looked like this:

I love the embossing on these and I think I stared at the blanks long enough to figure out how I might make these myself.
Anyway, as I had the blanks, and they were already patterned, all I had to do was add ribbon and inserts - easy peasy lemon squeezy, or so I thought.  Trying to thread ribbon through card was more difficult that I had envisaged.
First off, I cut slots in the card for the ribbon to go through.  Easy enough.  The problems arose when I tried to thread the ribbon - it was too bendy.  I didn't want to make the slots any bigger, because then they would start to look unsightly.  So, I had the idea of threading the ribbon through a needle and 'sewing' it to the card.  My main problem with that was that I didn't have a needle with a  big enough eye with which to thread the ribbon through.  I found one in the end and started threading.  Altogether I had 40 to do, but this still took a fair amount of time.  I also found that the needle was a bit too big for the slots, so ripped them slightly a couple of time, but you can't really tell.
I then had to make the inserts with all the information on. 
I did this by printing in brown onto some ivory paper to match the blank.

I then had to attach them to the invitation somehow.  This was more difficult than it would seem, because the fold in the blank meant that either when  the invitation was folded the paper bumped up a little, or was  too tight when unfolded and came away.  I used super strong pritt stick and stuck them on with the card half-folded.  Hopefully, they are OK.  If I had been supplying the blanks myself, I would have bought a few extra and printed directly onto the card.  As it was, however, I had no spares to play with so didn't want to risk some dodgy printing, as it can take a few goes to get the alignment right.
Anyway, my friend seemed to like them, and in an upcoming post I will show you the bouquets I have made her too.
Happy Crafting!

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